COMMON AVIATION COMMAND
AND CONTROL SYSTEM (CAC2S)
BRIEFING: The CAC2S will provide a complete and coordinated
modernization of Marine Air Command and Control System
(MACCS) equipment. CAC2S will eliminate current dissimilar
systems and provide the MAGTF Aviation Combat Element (ACE)
with the hardware, software and facilities to effectively com-
mand, control and coordinate air operations integrated with
naval, joint and/or combined C2 units. CAC2S will comprise stan-
dardized modular and scalable tactical facilities, hardware and
software to significantly increase battlefield mobility and reduce
the physical size and logistical footprint of the MACCS. CAC2S
has been restructured with an approved revised acquisition stra-
tegy. Increment I requirements will be achieved in two phases.
n Phase 1 accommodates rapid fielding of operationally
relevant capabilities to include mobility, situational aware-
ness, tactical communications, information dissemination
and operational flexibility that will establish the baseline
CAC2S capabilities. This phase will upgrade fielded MACCS
equipment with mature, ready technologies and estab-
lish an initial product baseline Processing and Display
Subsystem (PDS) and Communications Subsystem (CS).
Phase 1 is fully fielded and in the Operations and Support
phase of its life cycle and supplemented by existing MACCS
legacy equipment to meet current operational requirements.
n Phase 2 is structured to accommodate the integration of
technologies necessary for CAC2S to meet remaining Air
Combat Element battle management, data fusion and C2
requirements. This phase will build upon the capabilities of
the Phase 1 product baseline by integrating these capabilities
Phase 2 is in the Production and Deployment phase of its
life cycle after receiving a favorable Milestone C decision in
February 2015. The main effort for Phase 2 is to integrate a
sensor data fusion capability into CAC2S by developing a
replacement for the PDS that will meet the remaining Incre-
ment I requirements. The Aviation Command and Control
Subsystem, along with a new operations facility, will replace
the Phase 1 PDS and most of the remaining MACCS legacy
equipment in the Tactical Air Command Center, the Tactical
Air Operations Center and the Direct Air Support Center.
The AAO for CAC2S Increment I is 50 systems. IOC for
Phase 1 was achieved in January 2012, with the first opera-
tional unit at Camp Pendleton, Calif. CAC2S Phase 2 fielding is
planned to commence in the second quarter of fiscal 2017.
CONTRACTOR: . . . . . . . . . . General Dynamics Mission Systems
TPS-59A(V) 3 SURVEILLANCE RADAR SYSTEM
BRIEFING: The TPS-59A(V) 3 is the Marine Corps’ principal
long-range air-surveillance radar. The transportable, solid-state,
three-dimensional L-band radar is optimized to track tactical
ballistic missiles out to 400 nautical miles and cruise missiles
and aircraft out to 300 nautical miles. The radar is integrated
with the Tactical Air Operations Module, the Marine Corps’ CTN
and the Navy’s CEC.
CONTRACTOR: . . . . . . . . . . Lockheed Martin Corp.
TPS-63B SURVEILLANCE RADAR SYSTEM
BRIEFING: The TPS- 63 is the Marine Corps’ short- to medium-range air-surveillance tactical radar. Radar coverage of air
threats is limited to 160 nautical miles, of which 80 nautical
miles is optimized to detect low-flying targets. The system
is employed as a gap-filler to complement the Corps’ long-range radar coverage. The radar integrates with the Tactical Air
Operations Module and was deployed in support of Operation
CON TRAC TOR: . . . . . . . . . . Northrop Grumman Corp.
TPQ-46B FIREFINDER GROUND
WEAPONS-LOCATING RADAR (GWLR)
BRIEFING: The TPQ-46B Firefinder is designed to rapidly detect
and compute the location of hostile short- and medium-range
mortars, artillery and rocket launchers — at ranges to 24 kilometers — and enable friendly forces to return fire. The Marine
Corps is undergoing an AAO reduction from 44 to 28 systems to
support the Force Structure Review Group requirements.
CON TRAC TOR: . . . . . . . . . . Thales Raytheon Systems
TPQ- 49 LIGHTWEIGHT COUNTER-MORTAR
BRIEFING: The TPQ- 49 LCMR provides a short-range mortar
detection capability at ranges of 1 to 5 kilometers, and can
slew cueing intelligence to the TPQ-46B Firefinder via the
TSQ-267 Target Processing Set. The LCMR was procured and
fielded under an Abbreviated Acquisition Program as a solution for an approved Urgent Universal Needs Statement, with
an AAO of 46 systems. The Marine Corps is undergoing an
AAO reduction to 42 systems to support the Force Structure
Review Group requirements.
CON TRAC TOR: . . . . . . . . . . Syracuse Research Corp.
TSQ-267 TARGET PROCESSING SET (TPS)
BRIEFING: The TSQ-267 TPS is the C2 node of the Family
of Target Acquisition Systems capability, providing radar
deployment orders, support functions and target data to the
counterfire/countermeasure-servicing agent. The TPS uses the
Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems as its primary
communication and C2 tool. The AAO for the TPS is seven
sets, two for each active-duty artillery regiment and one for
the Reserve component. Full operational capability for the TPS
was achieved in September 2011.
CON TRAC TOR: . . . . . . . . . . Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division
AN/TPS- 80 GROUND/AIR
TASK-ORIENTED RADAR (G/ATOR)
BRIEFING: The AN/TPS- 80 is a three-dimensional, expeditionary, short/medium-range, multirole radar capable of detecting
low-observable, low-radar-cross-section targets such as rockets, artillery, mortars, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial
systems. The G/ATOR is being developed and fielded in three
MARINE CORPS C4ISR AND UNMANNED SYSTEMS
MAJOR C4ISR SYSTEMS